About the book....
Are you stumped by split infinitives? Terrified of using “who” when a “whom” is called for? Do you avoid the words “lay” and “lie” altogether?
Grammar Girl is here to help!
Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar—but she’s also determined to make the process as painless as possible. One year ago, she created a weekly podcast to tackle some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. The podcasts have now been downloaded more than seven million times, and Mignon has dispensed grammar tips on Oprah and appeared on the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
Here are a few common errors I found interesting:
- (p.77) Don't start a sentence with the word: Hopefully.
- For example: Hopefully, it won't rain. According to this book, "For some reason too many language sticklers say starting a sentence with Hopefully has become a mark of ignorance." GUILTY-- Shame on Me.
- (p.83) Don't start a sentence with: However, Hopefully, A Conjunction, Because, or a number.
- (p. 22) Confusion when using ie: and eg
- ie: means in other words ; eg: means for example - it is not either or.
- (p.47) Confusion with the words Lay versus Lie
- Lay - putting down an object - "lay down a pencil"
- Lie - to recline
I recommend this book to everyone.
RATING - 5/5 - COMPLETED - 2/9/09
WHERE FROM: Library